BYU Athletics Blog | June 2013

BYU Football Media Day—Q&A with coach Paul Tidwell

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by McKay Perry at 12:02 pm | Permalink
What was coach Mendenhall referring to about the snacks and music?
 
We very seldom meet as a defensive staff where there’s not music playing.  Usually a mix of old-time classic rock-and-roll.  A little Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  I also like some reggae music and island music. As far as the food snacks, it’s usually sunflower seeds and peanuts. 
 
Who is the toughest coach on the defensive staff?
 
On the field coaching--probably Coach Howell.  I think he probably works his guys a little harder than all of us.  As far as toughest, I can take any of them. Put me in a room with any of them—just kidding.
 
What are you looking forward to most about this season?
 
Just watching our kids perform.  It’s so fun to work with them week in and week out.  I think back on last season and games like the Boise State game, San Diego State in the bowl game, the Georgia Tech game—those games where we just executed so well and kept opponents from scoring touchdowns, and just watching your kids perform is what we look forward to. 
 
Who’s poised for a break-out year?
 
I would say Uani Unga.  He played quite a bit last year behind Uona Kaveinga.  He got some good reps and playing experience.  A lot of people don’t know who he is yet on a wide basis.  I feel like he’s going to be one of those guys that will break out and have a great year.

Quotes from BYU football's State of the Program

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by at 11:25 am | Updated: June 26, 2013 11:58 am | Permalink

Bronco Mendenhall

On the 2013 season: "I do know this program can achieve more. I am very confident in what's already been done and proud of what's been done, but I want more. The players want more."
 
On graduated players: "We talk about players that we've lost, for eight years we've been in the top 25 defensively every year, and so it is just the next version. We don't know yet who all the names and faces will be, but we do know the outcome."
 
On contract extension: "I didn't see myself being a long-time college football coach. I was pretty overwhelmed with what the pace was and the pressures. However, I like it."

Trevor Matich

On the 2013 BYU team: "I expect them to be one of the most exciting teams in the country. I expect them to be relevant nationally because of the way the schedule shakes out."

BYU football's three big announcements:

 
First Announcement
 
Tom Holmoe: "One of the things we're looking forward to in the future is playing big-time teams, and we've been able to ink an agreement with the University of Southern California. We'll play three games with them, twice down in L.A. We'll start the series off in Provo."
 

Second Announcement

Tom Holmoe: "We're going to be back in San Diego for the Poinsettia Bowl [in 2015]. A lot of the traditions of BYU Football started in San Diego, and it was great for us to go back last year."

3rd Announcement:
 
Tom Holmoe: "We've agreed to terms on a new contract that would take [Bronco Mendenhall] through the 2016 season. It's important for me, as the athletic director, but I think more importantly our football program, fans, our university, our student-athletes, our future football players that this great football program continues."

BYU football’s State of the Program kicks off Media Day on BYUtv

Jun 26, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 11:14 am | Updated: June 26, 2013 11:56 am | Permalink
Head football coach Bronco Mendenhall, BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, ESPN analyst and former BYU football player Trevor Matich and managing director of broadcasting Derek Marquis joined studio host Dave McCann to assess the upcoming season.  BYU’s offensive and defensive coaching staff also took part in the broadcast.
 
Mendenhall and Holmoe talked with McCann to start the show and made three big BYU football announcements including the addition of a new opponent series against USC, outlooks for a future bowl game and an extension of Mendenhall’s coaching contract.
 
The new series against USC will start in 2019 with a home game against the Trojans, followed by two games at USC in 2021 and 2023. BYU is in negotiation with the Mountain West Conference to play in the 2015 Poinsettia Bowl, with Mendenhall guaranteed to be at the helm after receiving a renewal of his contract through 2016.
 
Mendenhall joined McCann one on one after the commercial break and discussed spring practices, player statuses, a new offensive coaching staff and BYU’s defensive prospects for the year.
 
BYU’s defensive staff next came out to talk with Mendenhall and McCann and discussed how they will replace former players such as Ziggy Ansah and Brandon Ogletree and look to current players to fill those spots. Answers for the kicking game are on the way, while the staff hopes as a whole to produce more turnovers this upcoming season.
 
The new offensive staff was on tap next and each agreed that spring camp was a success and that the offensive players are starting to understand and adapt to the new coaching styles.
 
Matich and Marquis joined McCann to wrap up the show. Marquis announced the launch of a BYUtv Xbox 360 app as well as an Android app, and cited some progress in spreading BYUtv in HD to Dish and cable networks. The athletic department will also launch a daily national radio show dedicated to BYU sports on BYU Radio Sirius XM 143 starting in the fall.
 
The next broadcast will feature Coach LaVell Edwards and the BYU quarterback factory. Former BYU quarterbacks such as Ty Detmer, Robbie Bosco and Steve Young will join Edwards at 5 p.m. EDT on BYUtv.
 
For more information on broadcasts throughout the day, check out the schedule of events on the Media Day Central page.

Van Noy named to 2013 Athlon Sports' Preseason All-America First Team

Jun 25, 2013 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 9:22 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (June 25, 2013) – BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy was named to the 2013 Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-America First Team on Tuesday.

A Lott Impact Trophy Watch List honoree, Van Noy also earned preseason honors on the Phil Steele All-America First Team.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound senior led BYU's No. 3 ranked defense with 13 sacks (tied for No. 2 nationally) and 22 tackles for loss (No. 4 nationally) in 2012. Van Noy also set the school record with six forced fumbles during the season (tied for No. 2 nationally).

He added 53 tackles, eight quarterback hurries, five pass breakups, two interceptions, two blocked kicks, one fumble recovery and scored two touchdowns on defense. Van Noy was the only player to record a statistic in every major defensive category for the second consecutive year.

Van Noy named to 2013 CFPA Defensive Awards Watch List

Jun 17, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 4:00 pm | Permalink

College Football Performance Awards announced BYU senior Kyle Van Noy as a member of its 2013 CFPA Defensive Awards Watch List this week.

Van Noy was the 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy winner and 2012 CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Year.

“Congratulations to CFPA winner Kyle Van Noy on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Defensive Awards Watch List,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “Van Noy will play an important role for BYU in 2013.”

Van Noy is one of six featured CFPA winners on the cover of the 2013 CFPA Watch List along with Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Marqise Lee (USC) and Braxton Miller (Ohio State).

Two BYU Cougars have earned CFPA honors: Van Noy (LB) and current Baltimore Ravens star Dennis Pitta (TE), who won the 2009 CFPA Elite Tight End Trophy.

BYU's Cody Hoffman and Kaneakua Friel were previously named to the 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List.

All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

For more information on CFPA, visit the Official CFPA Website.

Hoffman and Friel earn spots on 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List

Jun 12, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 3:40 pm | Permalink

College Football Performance Awards announced Cody Hoffman and Kaneakua Friel as members of its 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List this week. Hoffman earned a spot on the 2013 CFPA Wide Receiver Trophy Watch list while Friel earned a spot on the 2013 CFPA Tight End Trophy Watch List.

“Congratulations to wide receiver Cody Hoffman and tight end Kaneakua Friel on earning spots on the 2013 CFPA Offensive Awards Watch List,” said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. “Hoffman and Friel give head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s passing offense strength for 2013.”

Hoffman, a Phil Steele Preseason All-American for 2013, was an SI.com All-America honorable mention last season. The senior led BYU in all receiving categories with 100 receptions, 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns. His 100 receptions and 1,248 yards are both second most in a single season in school history.

Friel started all 13 games of 2012 and finished second on the team with five touchdown receptions. The senior was named the FBS Independent Offensive Player of the Week and CFPA National Tight End of the Week for the week of Sept. 3.

Last season, BYU star Kyle Van Noy earned the 2012 CFPA Linebacker Trophy and 2012 CFPA National Defensive Performer of the Year Trophy. Former BYU tight end Dennis Pitta earned the 2009 CFPA Elite Tight End Trophy.

Returning linebacker Van Noy joins fellow CFPA winners Jadeveon Clowney, AJ McCarron, Johnny Manziel, Marqise Lee and Braxton Miller as one of six featured players on the cover of the 2013 CFPA Watch List.

All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. All players are eligible for awards at their respective positions; players are not preemptively eliminated from consideration. More than 130 CFPA recipients have signed professional contracts, and twenty-one have been first-round NFL Draft selections.

For more information on CFPA, visit the Official CFPA Website.

End of the year softball update

Jun 12, 2013 - Posted by Jamie Morris at 2:01 pm | Updated: June 12, 2013 2:06 pm | Permalink

Who We Played in the NCAA’s

The BYU softball team was defeated by No. 3 Oregon and No. 25 Wisconsin in the Eugene Regional. Oregon went on to the Super Regional and was upset at home by Nebraska, who made its first visit to the World Series since 2002. Tennessee was the only team in the eight-team series that BYU played during the season. BYU lost its matchup with the Vols 6-3 in its first preseason tournament of the year. Tennessee went on to play in its first Championship series since 2007. The Vols fell in two straight to the Oklahoma Sooners and have yet to claim an NCAA title.

Missions

Anna Hudson, a sophomore catcher, will leave July 17 to serve in the Utah Salt Lake City mission. She is the first active softball player to serve a mission since the program started in 2000.

“I decided that I wanted to serve a mission after the announcement of the age change,” said Hudson. “I always wanted to go but wasn’t sure when. After the announcement I felt like it was the right time to go. I’m super excited to share the gospel with lots of people. I’m also excited to be a part of something that isn’t purely for me, but is for others. “

Marriage

Lacey Millett will join the two current married players on the team in Ashlee Robinson and Jenna Goar on August 24th as she ties the knot with former BYU swimmer Daniel Hofstedt. Lacey and Daniel will be getting married in the Sacramento temple.

Changing Conferences

After three years in three different conferences, the BYU softball team will finally make a home in the WCC for the 2014 season. It will join former PCSC foes Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, UVU and CSU Bakersfield. Pacific will also be joining the conference in its first year with a softball program. UVU and CSU Bakersfield will be affiliate members of the conference as both teams will lose a spot in the PCSC, which dissolved following the conclusion of this year’s season. The following is a look at the BYU softball history in conferences.

Overall/League                     Conference                            Titles               Member

371-160/117-39                  Mountain West                      Five                 2003-2011

45-15/15-4                          Western Athletic                    One                 2012

33-25/19-5                          Pacific Coast Softball            One                  2013

-                                          West Coast                             -                      2014

National Attention

Ashley Thompson, an incoming freshman for the 2014 season and Washington pitcher, is creating quite the national buzz for her performance this year. Thompson is already the holder of Washington’s record for home runs in a single season (23 in 2012) and career and also holds the state record in RBI. In addition, Thompson threw six-straight no-hitters during her senior season and had seven altogether. Both are believed to be state records and her streak of no-hitters ranks third all-time in the country. Thompson helped lead Connell High School to its third state championship, going a perfect 27-0 to end her high school career.